Mark Kenny

Mark Kenny

Mark Kenny is Fairfax Media's chief political correspondent. A director of the National Press Club, he regularly appears on the ABC's Insiders, Sky News Agenda, and Ten's Meet the Press. He has reported from Canberra under three prime ministers and several opposition leaders.

From problem reader to PM – Paul Keating's secret learning difficulty

Mark Kenny Paul Keating rose to the most demanding office in the land propelled by a fearsome reputation as the Federal Parliament's most devastating wordsmith and, on occasions, its most soaring orator.

Ministers are popular because of me: Abbott

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Mark Kenny Liberal hopes that Tony Abbott would begin the political year on a more positive footing have been shaken by his declaration that potential leadership rivals Julie Bishop and Malcolm Turnbull are...

Liberals weigh up leadership options as Prime Minister Tony Abbott faces criticism

Punters believe Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull would be the most likely replacement should Prime Minister Tony Abbott lose the top job.

Mark Kenny Some are said to be actively considering Julie Bishop or Malcolm Turnbull, but others are dismissive.

The Lodge ain't the White House, Canberra ain't New York

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Mark Kenny Calls for the head of the Prime Minister's chief of staff Peta Credlin represent a lamentable misunderstanding of the locus of accountability within the Australian political system.

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Pressure mounts on Tony Abbott to dump Peta Credlin

Tony Abbott in discussion with his chief of staff Peta Credlin.

Mark Kenny and Heath Aston Pressure is mounting on Tony Abbott to dump chief of staff Peta Credlin as disgruntled Liberal MPs were joined on Wednesday by conservative commentators including media baron Rupert Murdoch in...

Prince Philip knighthood: Tony Abbott's mini mea culpa a chance gone begging

Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Canberra on Sunday.

Mark Kenny Another day, another half-apology. And therefore, another missed opportunity.

PM Tony Abbott makes calls to steady ship

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been busy on the phone to colleagues following the negative reaction to his knighthood decision.

Mark Kenny Tony Abbott has moved to quell anxious nerves over his leadership style by stepping up his telephone canvassing of backbench MPs.

Tony Abbott foolish if he ignores leadership rumblings in wake of knighthood decision

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Mark Kenny The central question arising from Tony Abbott's knighthood own-goal is how much damage has it done his leadership?

Abbott government MPs furious over Prime Minister's decision to make Prince Philip a knight


James Massola and Mark Kenny Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s surprise decision to knight Prince Philip has infuriated his colleagues, with a pair of Queensland MPs breaking ranks to publicly criticise the decision.

Knighting prince could cost Tony Abbott his title

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Mark Kenny Tony Abbott would have done well to watch the Showtime series The Borgias over summer.If so he might have noticed Pope Alexander VI, making a salient point about leadership and hanging on to it.

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Tony Abbott makes retired Australian Defence Force chief a knight of the Order of Australia

Air Chief Marshal (retired) Angus Houston may be made a knight by Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Mark Kenny and Bevan Shields He was the nation's top soldier, and has since become the federal government's Mr Fixit - the "go to" man chosen to lead the complicated investigations into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines...

Tony Abbott praises senior ministers - but not Joe Hockey

Treasurer Joe Hockey hasn't made Prime Minister Tony Abbott's list of the government's top performing ministers.

James Massola, Mark Kenny Prime Minister Tony Abbott has made the frank admission that he "can always do better as prime minister" as he praised the performance of several of his ministers  -but not treasurer Joe Hockey.

PM's courting of back bench 'a planned move'

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Mark Kenny Tony Abbott has phoned a number of backbenchers since the start of the year seeking feedback over government policy and political strategy, but sources close to him say the calls were always part of...

Questions a new PM shouldn't have to answer

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Mark Kenny It is telling that Tony Abbott believes the strongest argument for his continued leadership of the Liberal Party, the coalition, and the country, is the dysfunction of his enemies, to wit, Labor's...

Tony Abbott insists 'You do not change leaders ... We've got a good plan'

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey don't have a lot to laugh about these days but Mr Abbott says a change of leadership is not an option.

Mark Kenny and James Massola After returning to their electorate over the Christmas break Liberal MPs and senators became keenly aware that "the perception of the government isn't good".

Abbott government's handling of university and health changes anger backbench

Some government MPs are frustrated with Prime Minister Tony Abbott's handling of recent policy issues.

Mark Kenny and Matthew Knott Tony Abbott is facing growing backbench anger over his government's mishandling of the GP co-payment and university funding changes from last year's budget, as MPs returning from their electorates...

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Hockey: new year brings new approach and long range vision

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Mark Kenny Alaskan Sarah Palin reputedly could see Russia from her house but that's nothing to Joe Hockey's telescopic vision which allows him to see a staggering 150 years into the future.

Joe Hockey's comments on living to 150 a Sarah Palin moment, says Bill Shorten

People will be living to 150: Treasurer Joe Hockey.

Judith Ireland, Mark Kenny, Matthew Knott The head of one of the country's most prestigious medical schools has described Joe Hockey's comment that children born today could live to 150 years of age as a "reasonable assumption", while Labor...

Nick Xenophon throws weight behind new inquiry into Martin Place siege

Nick Xenophon has flagged the Federal Parliament could initiate an independent inquiry into the Martin Place siege.

Mark Kenny Serving police and intelligence officers should be granted legal immunity to step forward and give evidence to an independent judicial inquiry into the Martin Place siege, according to independent...